Inspired by

On opening one of the Christmas gifts from my parents, apart from delight at the actual pyjamas, I could not help notice the design was reminiscent of a Laura Ashley stamp I own.  A perfect opportunity to dig it out and actually use it.

For this  simple little notecard I used the same stamp to stamp the background using Distress Ink in Milled Lavender and then stamped in black for the focal image.  As the soothing scent of lavender is associated with sleep I used a sprig which I had dried last year.

I wonder what will trigger my next “inspired by” moment?

A touch of lace

Normally templates are not something I use but when the Template Challenge in Stampers’ Sampler (available from The Stamp Attic) was a corset,  I knew I could have fun. So I created 5 corsets which I formed into a fan.  Although I posted the submission I had little hope of it ever being selected for printing.  You can imagine how thrilled I was whilst flicking through the recent issue, to see that my corset fan was selected.

The notecard below uses the same corset template. I am definitely more open minded as to the use of templates and I am sure, one day I will make another corset fan. It is the perfect excuse to use lace and flowers …. actually, do I ever need an excuse?!

The stamped images are Oxford Impressions’ Le Beau Monde. My first play with this set which I was lucky enough to receive as a Christmas gift. I sense some completely over the top cards being made with this collection of stamps!


It is difficult to avoid the wintry landscape so opted to go with the flow and use wintry colours for this card.  For some time a bottle of Sticky Fingers Aubergine Lustre has been rather neglected, possibly because the colour was not what I anticipated. Anyway, the colour was perfect for the look I was aiming for with this card along with twinkling embossing powder to replicate the look of a frosty city.

You should see in the photograph below that I created an embellishment using a tiny glass circle glued over a piece of a stamped image.

Whether you are in the U.K., Prague or anywhere else, keep warm and keep safe. I would also like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Away For The Holidays

Away for the Holidays – not me, I shall be at home, but as a stamper, I can go wherever I choose!Away For The Holidays "The Collection"!The Darkroom Door and Elusive Images stamps are so beautifully detailed. I used LLB Venaissance Collection masks and stamps as they worked so well to add background detail.

With the masks I used pigment inks which were sponged on and then a mist of spray inks.  I used the same spray inks on shimmer paper and then stamped the images. What does not show is that I used a twinkling embossing powder as I wanted a wintry, frosty look to the scenes.

The LLB stamps were used to stamp little details.I am sure you will see both stamp sets crop up again and again – just give me time!

It’s In The Post

This card uses two Crafty Individual stamps ( I sponged  Tesco metallic paint (find it in the children’s craft section) onto the card base. It is a pity the colour choice is limited as the paints create the perfect sheen. The scroll I stamped using heritage colour emulsion paint. I applied a wash of Rose Walnut Tintz onto the fluted panel  (I was lucky enough to receive a bundle from a family member who is a Printer) before stamping Santa and Sleigh. I inked part of a Paper Artsy stamp to give me the “25th”. It was then circle punched along with two circles punched from sheet music. All that was left to do was add some further embellishments and some sparkle using Sakura Stardust pen.

This is a quick card to make. The card base dates back to when I first discovered cardmaking. The package lay untouched as they were too glittery for my taste, however I liked it with the vellum strip I stamped and added down the middle of the card. All stamps are from Oxford Impressions’ “Winter Snow” (available from  The little girl conjured up images of her lacing up her skating boots to have fun on the ice.

Another card using stamps from Oxford Impressions’ “Winter Snow”.  I sponged  Tesco metallic paint on the card base, this time a soft silver.  I painted a scrap of card with heritage colour emulsion paint and once dry I stamped the calendar stamp. I added some white caviar beads to give the appearance of the little girl standing in snow.

The final Christmas card uses “Belle” from Belle Epoque by Character Construction.  I covered the cardbase with holly paper and then layered vellum over the paper to soften the look. I could not resist dressing Belle up for Christmas by adding some tartan.  With the piece of sheet music and tartan she looks ready for  a ceilidh at Hogmanay!

A Time For Giving

My Bind It All has been very busy making notebooks for gifts. Unfortuntaly I cannot name the recipients just in case they are peeking at my Blog! The above is a mini notebook using Oxford Impressions’ (available from The Art Of Being Beautiful. I covered the notebook with sheet music and then stamped one of the images onto a piece of scrap sheet music.

I purchased this candle in a tin from Poundland. Poundland has to be one of my favourite non-crafting shops. It is amazing what you can pick up  to use in crafting.  I wrapped a strip of sheet music around the tin. I then stamped the same image as used on the notebook (I wanted the gifts to co-ordinate as they are for the same person) onto a scrap of sheet music. I pierced the lid so I could adorn it with a Prima bloom and large gem brad.

For this medium sized notebook I painted the base with a heritage colour paint from B&Q (another favourite haunt). I then stamped the script with Gesso.  I embellished with lace trim, gold pin onto which I added seed beads. The bloom is taken from a stem of artificial flowers. I then glued an old button into the centre. The stamp is from Oxford Impressions’ Soul Of A Rose plate (

Christmas Belle

Carol Quance (AlcoholInky) kindly “donated” the Belle Epoque set from Character Construction. I am having such fun with this set of stamps.  For this Christmas decoration I used  foamcore board as the base then used scraps of a recycled velvet cardigan and other found items. Daylight is very poor today so I may well photograph another time.